Knowing what you should look for when choosing a personal injury lawyer in Pennsylvania is difficult. Make sure you consider the following factors when looking for an injury attorney:
Reputation and Credentials
While awards and credentials do not mean everything, they can give you a good idea about an attorney’s reputation. Most lawyers are willing to discuss their education, certification, and any other documentation of their credentials. Look for degrees from nationally-known universities, and awards from well-known local, regional, and/or national organizations.
If the attorney does not want to discuss his education or certifications, you may want to look elsewhere.
Honesty and Professionalism
Credentials and certifications can only tell you so much. You will need to judge for yourself whether you believe an attorney is honest and trustworthy. Some major tip-offs that an attorney may not be as honest or professional as you would want include:
- Making promises of a positive outcome, certain amount of money, a specific end date, etc.
- Giving you a potential value before thoroughly investigating your case
Experience in Similar Cases
Personal injury covers a lot of types of incidents and injuries, and you want an attorney who knows the ins-and-outs of the law that applies to your situation.
For example, imagine you suffered an injury in a boat accident on Lake Nockamixon. You will want an attorney who works with boating accident victims regularly. You do not want to trust your case to a lawyer who focuses on product liability as that section of personal injury law will not apply to your boating accident case.
Any attorney you meet with should be willing to discuss their past results, and the types of damages they recovered for previous clients. While these past results do not mean they can win your case as well, it does show they know how to win settlements and verdicts.
Note: Any attorney who promises to get you a settlement or verdict like one they have obtained in the past is likely not trustworthy.
Getting the Level of Attention and Communication You Want
Law firms each have their own communication policy, and they should not hesitate to share it with you. Some law firms will update you weekly while others will only send the occasional email to touch base in between meetings. Do not hesitate to ask an attorney:
- How often you can expect communication
- How they most commonly communicate
- What member of the firm you can contact to ask questions
- Whether a member of the firm will be available to answer questions after hours and on weekends
- Whether you will most frequently work with the attorney, a paralegal, or other staff member
Look at reviews for the attorney. You may want to check sites like Google, Avvo, and Martindale-Hubbell. Be sure to note what past clients said about their experience:
- Did the attorney respond to their emails or phone calls in a timely manner or did they leave them in the dark?
- Were they upfront about their fee schedule?
- Did they seem competent?
- Was the attorney attentive or did they always seem harried and rushed?
Your Comfort Level
Dealing with an accident, injuries, and an insurance claim can all be very stressful. Make a note about whether the lawyer made you feel comfortable or if they treated you like just another number.
Representation Based on Contingency
Most personal injury firms offer free initial consultations and handle these cases on a contingency fee basis. This means you should not have to pay out of pocket for your legal representation, and you should owe no attorney’s fees until the firm wins a settlement or verdict on your behalf.
However, it still pays to ask about how they handle billing. This will prevent you from suffering financially because you failed to account for extra fees or there were additional charges you were not aware were coming.
Most attorneys will provide you with a clear explanation or even paperwork to help you understand their pay scale. In most Pennsylvania personal injury cases, the client pays a percentage of the settlement or verdict to cover the cost of their legal representation.
Schedule Your Initial Consultation with Cordisco & Saile LLC Today
If you want help with a Pennsylvania personal injury case, the team from Cordisco & Saile LLC is standing by ready to take your call. With locations in Bensalem, Newtown, Langhorne, Bristol, and Philadelphia, PA, our team can represent you anywhere in Pennsylvania.
We offer free initial consultations and can answer all your questions about our practice and whether you may have a valid case. Call us today at 215-642-2335 to schedule a time to discuss your case with a member of our team.